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Truckee Donner Lodge
Ranked #7 of 13 Hotels in Truckee
SF Bay Area
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“It's gone down hill, costs more”
Reviewed August 5, 2012

We've stayed here several times over the years because of it's convenient location for the Donner Lake Swim. I believe it used to be a Holiday Inn Express and we found it to be just fine, but it has changed hands and really gone downhill while the price has gone uphill. We hadn't been for a few years and this time we were very disappointed. We were put into a room with a shower that was in the middle of being repaired and thus not functional. The person checking in before us got a room that was still occupied by other people. Continental breakfast, included in the room price, was served starting at 6:30, but when we got there the offerings we generic grocery store muffins, bagels, cereal, yogurt. No hot water. Around 7:15 they brought out biscuits and gravy, yuck, and fruit - - bananas that were completely green and inedible. With tax our room price came to $185. Definitely not worth it and such a disappointment. The hotel was clean, but management needs to do a better job.

Room Tip: You have a choice of looking at the freeway or looking at the State Park. You don't hear freeway...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

We have stayed here many times, multiple nights each time. This was our first visit since it is no longer a Holiday Inn Express. New owner has nicely redecorated rooms making them very comfortable. Even though it is off I-80, it is a quiet location. There is a Taco Bell within walking distance and also a local convenience store. Just a few minutes drive into Truckee, lots of good restaurants and shopping. Breakfast is adequate but not exceptional.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Santa Clarita, California
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

My husband and I stayed one night prior to our daughter's wedding. The room was clean and comfortable, good beds. A couple minor complaints I have are that the lighting was VERY dim - trying to read in a chair or the bed was very difficult; also the shower was not very satisfying - the water pressure may be low and the shower heads definitely need to be upgraded. The breakfast was adequate, not exceptional. I loved that you could walk right into the Donner State Park next door for a nice morning walk. Overall a good value for the area.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 27, 2012

We stayed 3 days. Clean room that smelled good. Walking distance to the lake. Close to all the stores and 15 min to Lake Tahoe. Always enjoy a cup of coffee I didn't have to make. Had a washer and dryer that was clean and accessable. The room was cleaned each day and new towels were out. Didn't need to ask for anything. The service was good for the price. Would definitely stay again.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the back. Quieter and nicer view.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Durango, Colorado
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

Pretty much everything about my experience was a B plus. Maybe a B for value. As with many hotels, the 'free' breakfast seems to be included so they can say they offer a free breakfast. It's not very good. And why bother with the coffee if you're going to serve below average Joe? Bed was good, not great, shower, decent, pillows,/sheets pretty good. And, it was $140. Not really worth it.

Room Tip: get a room that looks out on the woods, not the highway.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Milwaukee
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

We stayed in a room away from the freeway which was spacious,clean and comfortable with all the modern amenities you expect. A great location to explore the area. We would certainly go back again.

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Long Beach
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

Toward the end of a two-week road trip to Crater Lake and back to Long Beach we stayed at the Truckee Donner Lodge. The front desk staff was most accommodating and we had a lovely room on the third floor overlooking the state park. Having a functioning laundry room for guests was a real plus. The room was spacious and clean. The property was immaculate. The breakfast that came with the meal was plentiful. The property is located a short distance "out of town" but it was an easy drive back for an evening meal.

Room Tip: Ask for a third floor room.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Truckee Donner Lodge
Address: 10527 Cold Stream Rd, Truckee, CA 96161-0513
Location: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > Truckee
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 13 Hotels in Truckee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Truckee Donner Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 65
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the town of Truckee amidst mountains, lakes, alpines and meadows, the Truckee Donner Lodge is a warm relaxing space so you can rest and recharge. Our lodge combines modern luxuries and contemporary decor with the traditional amenities and architecture of a country lodge. Whether you are on the ultimate ski vacation, traveling for business or just need a weekend getaway, the Truckee Donner Lodge offers exceptional amenities.Our guest rooms and feature rooms are simple and serene. Each appointed with a large flat screen TV, refrigerator, coffee pot, wet bar and microwave. Complimentary hi-speed wireless access is available throughout the lodge.Share your day's activities with friends in our lobby with fireplace; or, relax your muscles and admire the stars from our Hot Tub. Cool off during the warm summer days in our outdoor pool—the views of the alpines are magnificent.Wake up each morning to a deluxe Hot Continental Breakfast. Our breakfast bar offers a wide variety of choices including hot and cold cereals, fresh fruit yogurt, scrambled eggs, cheese omelets, bacon, bagels, toast, and muffins.It’s all delicious, all complimentary and all waiting for you at the Newly Remodeled Truckee Donner Lodge. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Truckee Donner Hotel Truckee
Holiday Inn Truckee
Truckee Holiday Inn Express

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